2022-2023 Catalog 
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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, MA

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The Psychology Department offers course work and thesis supervision for a Master of Arts degree. The program offers two tracks: Clinical Psychology and Psychological Science. In addition to the general curriculum, there are several optional subplans available, including Geropsychology (Clinical Psychology or Psychological Science), Developmental Psychology (Psychological Science only), Cognition (Psychological Science only), Psychology & the Law (Clinical Psychology or Psychological Science),Social Psychology (Psychological Science), Biopsychology (Psychological Science), and Trauma Psychology (Clinical Psychology or Psychological Science). Both the clinical psychology and psychological science tracks are designed to prepare students for doctoral programs or for applied work in the field. A majority of students who apply to doctoral programs upon completion of the MA degree are subsequently accepted. The program is designed to be completed in two academic years of full-time work and includes an empirical thesis requirement. Clinical track requires a 2 semester practicum with a minimum of 450 hours. Faculty research interests are in a variety of subspecialties within psychology. Please see our departmental faculty web page at https://psychology.uccs.edu/faculty for more information about faculty research areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in conducting scientific research
  • Prepare students for doctoral degrees or applied work in psychology or related fields
  • Develop clinical competency of the students in the clinical psychology track

Admission Requirements

  • A BS or BA degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • An overall grade point average of 3.0 (“A” is equivalent to 4.0) or above in all undergraduate courses.
  • The Graduate Record Exam is optional for applicants.  Historically, the most competitive applicants have Graduate Record Exam scores of the 50th percentile or higher on both the verbal and quantitative sections. Students without a degree in Psychology may demonstrate their background by submitting scores from the advanced psychology subject test but is not required. 
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors and/or psychology-relevant internships or employers.
  • An adequate undergraduate program in psychology including college-level mathematics, statistics, experimental psychology, and some background in the biological, physical, and social sciences.
  • Applicants to the clinical psychology track should also have coursework and/or community experience in applied psychology.

Promising students who do not meet all the requirements may be considered as applicants. Admission to the program is competitive, and applications are reviewed by the clinical psychology or psychological science admissions committee.

Application Material and Deadline

The application deadline for fall admission is January 1. Please see the Graduate School website at https://www.uccs.edu/admissionsenrollment/graduate for an online application. For information and application for the Master of Arts program, please see the department website at https://psychology.uccs.edu/ma-program

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